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.m. thing. six minutes after the hour. secretary of state john kerry remains in the middle east this morning. on sunday he met with the syrian president but he made little headway convincing him to stop allowing the flow of arms and troops fueling syria's bloody civil war. secretary kerry is accusing iraq of helping syrian president by allowing arms and fighters from iran to cross into syria from iraq. >>> and former penn state assistant coach jerry sandusky breaking silence from behind bars. a documentary filmmaker said he has recordings of telephone conversations with sandusky in jail that will air today on nbc. the family of the late joe paterno, the head football coach whose legendary career ended in disgrace is already speaking out. they call the recording, "a sad and unfortunate development that is transparently self-serving and yet another insult to the victims and anyone who cares about the truth in this tragic story." >>> a public memorial service for colorado's prison chief will be held today in colorado springs. come clemens was laid to rest yesterday. he was shot and killed tuesd
of state john kerry making a surprise visit to kabul in afghanistan. can he smooth over tensions with hamid karzai? >> then, could amanda knox face another trial despite being cleared of her roommate's murder. italian judges ruling on an appeal this morning. we're live in rome. >> and jaw dropping video of a great white shark thrashing its way into a shark cage with the diver inside. we're going to talk to the man behind the camera coming up in a little bit. >> but everyone's favorite jersey girl, snooki, is here live talking about her new body, her beau, and her just baptized baby boy. it's monday, march 25th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> we are going to begin with winter's last gasp in spring. or should i say allegedly spring. from missouri to pennsylvania, millions of people dealing with rainy, snowy, slushy, awfulness. in indianapolis yesterday, too many fender benders to count. you have to check out this video. the weather rendering parts of st. louis nearly invisible. if you squint you can see it. parts of eastern indiana and western ohio were under a western storm warning t
kerry was in iraq this weekend. he says u.s. lawmakers worry that after years of receiving u.s. help, iraq is not behaving like an ally. kerry has asked the iraqi prime minister not to allow iranian aircraft use of iraq's air space. the u.s. believes the planes are carrying arms to the syrian regime. >> this is going to be a very important week for gay rights activists. the u.s. supreme court will hear arguments on two important cases. the defense of marriage act and california's proposition 8. doma designed emergency as a legal union between a man and a woman and keeps same-sex couples from getting the same benefits as couples. in fact, bill clinton who signed doma into law when he was president, is now asking the u.s. supreme court to overturn it. let's bring in cnn legal contributor powell cowen. how much will the reversal potentially make? >> supreme court justices would tell you they're immune from politicians lobbying them. they're appointed for life by the president, and the founding fathers frankly set up the system so you would have sort of an independent judiciary. i don't
roads as well. >>> u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in amman, jordan today after a surprise visit to iraq this weekend. he says u.s. lawmakers worry that after years of receiving u.s. help iraq is not behaving like an ally. kerry has asked the ira prime minister not to allow iranian aircraft to use iraq's airspace. u.s. believes the planes are carrying arms to the syrian regime. nick pay ton waton walsh was th. >> reporter: his first visit should have been about rebuilding a country's dwindling influence where they've invested so much blood and treasure but it was overshadowed by events next door in syria. u.s. officials clear they believe iraq isn't doing enough to stoplights over iran to syria of weapons and fighters to assist the assad regime. john kerry said had he a very spirited discussion with iraqi prime minister nuri al maliki was was asked for further information. not exactly the concession he wanted there. also during this visit news broke of the resignation of opposition leader, something which mr. kerry described as many inevitable, saying they'd already begun working
, thanks so much. zain asher there. >>> secretary of state john kerry dropping in to meet with president hamid karzai. announcement coming at a time of tension as you can imagine between president karzai and coalition forces and u.s. forces in afghanistan. >> those tensions escalated this month after a bomb blast in kabul that killed nine people, kerry and president karzai just wrapping up a news conference actually. we'll update you on any developments from that. >>> also in afghanistan today another sign that u.s. involvement there is now winding down. the united states handed over full control of a prison near bagram air base to afghan authority. >> the transfer announced a year ago was supposed to take place within six months, but tensions with president karzai and concerns about how afghanistan would handle certain prisoners delayed the handover until now. >> and cbs is now apologizing to veterans who objected to a scene, this is from the reality show "the amazing race." this episode here was shot in vietnam. contesnts there were sent to the hanoi memorial to find a clue they needed
that the homecoming is quite, to quote him, "risky" he says. >>> secretary of state john kerry making one more stop on his first trip overseas. an announced visit to iraq. he landed in iraq a short time ago. nick payton walsh has been traveling with the secretary and joins us via phone. what else is john kerry pressing for? >> yes, christi. on top of the agenda here, it is going to be a direct approach from john kerry to prime minister maliki. intervene on flights from iraq to syria delivering fighters to assist the regime. the u.s. is convinced that almost 80 flights and they want to be clear that iraq should, if it wants to have a role in forming the future of syria with the syrian opposition, they should prevent the evidence, they say. they say that inspections done by iraqis aren't enough and those have turned up humanitarian aid but the u.s. is convinced that those flights are carrying weapon supplies. a real trip here for secretary of state. >> all right. nick payton walsh, thank you so much for the update, we appreciate it. >>> thank you for kick starting your morning with us here. we have m
. they know that this isn't the beginning, but they do think that secretary kerry is coming back here at the end of the week to try to lay the groundwork with benjamin netanyahu and israel to start some talks. president obama is here to, as he said, listen. he said in the press conference yesterday that his main role in this visit is to just listen to the palestinians. it's a lesson he learned from his mom, he said, because the palestinian palestinians often feel that they are not heard. and so he really wants to see what kind of mood there is now and what it would take to really prod some sort of discussion to come into action. and, you know, they felt a little bit neglected and it's the president's time to remind him that even though he has been working very closely with the israelis, he has not forgotten that he wants to create some sort of open space for peace talks to come into fruition with secretary kerry now at the state department. >> very interesting you bring up secretary kerry. a second ago, jess, we saw president obama greeting secretary of state john kerry on the tarmac
. >> candy crowley, host of state of the union. >>> u.s. secretary of state john kerry made a surprise visit to iraq. will he be able to calm worries that iraq isn't acting like a that iraq isn't acting like a u.s. ally? t leave room for much else. there's no room left for deadlines or conference calls. not a single pocket to hold the stress of the day, or the to-do list of tomorrow. only 14 clubs pick up the right one and drive it right down the middle of pure michigan. your trip begins at michigan.org. ...and we inspected his brakes for free. -free is good. -free is very good. [ male announcer ] now get 50% off brake pads and shoes at meineke. >>> u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in amman, jordan today after a surprise visit to iraq this weekend. he says u.s. lawmakers worry that after years of receiving u.s. help, iraq is not behaving like an ally. kerry has asked the iraqi prime minister not to allow iranian aircraft to use iraq's airspace. the u.s. believes the planes are carrying arms to the syrian regime. >>> these are uneasy times for pakistan's former president, pervez mesh rou
of state john kerry on his first official trip to afghanistan. kerry made a surprise stop to visit karzai today. nick, how is kerry trying to help karzai? >> reporter: i think leaning on that longtime friendship they talked about in the press conference today, perhaps trying to let people in washington know that the u.s. is working with the taliban to prevent violence denied by many there to suggest they can still work with him, he's still potentially an ally. but we're really talking about a very fraught relationship here that requires this kind of theater in front of cameras when really the u.s. and afghanistan should be working so closely, these vital agreements in the future, because of the drawdown that's happening now. they should be working in harmony, not trying to prove to everybody they can still get along, jake. >> nick, this is an unstable leader in an unstable country. what is the prognosis for karzai's continued success in afghanistan after almost all of the u.s. military leaves at the end of next year? >> reporter: well, he's potentially going to leave as well. i mean, he w
john kerry will stay a couple of days here and likely return very soon to start lay down the foundation. not for talks next week or next month but can they get these leaders to say and do the right thing? perhaps -- put a capital p on that perhaps, get them back to the negotiating table. there are so many difficult issues. >> we're about two minutes away from this press availability or speech we'll see from the two leaders. the reuters headline basically said after backslapping in israel, the president faces discontent on the second day of his trip. that pretty much sums it up. >> reporter: it does sum it up. it's hard because he needs to essentially try to help president abbas. the israeli government will tell you if they are going to make peace, president abbas is the one person they trust. he is aging. he has a fractured palestinian leadership. hamas is essentially sending the message to him we might not support you. be careful. plus the president of the yunitd states labels hamas a terrorist group. united states government before and after obama will likely claim hamas a terrorist g
. secretary of state kerry has been involved. the fact is, of course, that the difference between israel and turkey benefitted neither country. and it was -- to some extent, it should have been resolved earlier, but the fact is it's done now and hopefully they will rebuild the good relationship that they had, which will be beneficial to both and to us in the region. >> you mentioned iran being a top of conversation, but at almost every stop, every discussion with a leader, the the president was riddled with questions about syria. syria kept coming up. the president made it clear the u.s. has provided a lot of humanitarian aid and will continue to do so, but also said, and i'm quoting loosely, assad will go. it's not an issue of if but when. how important is it for the president to sound so certain on that, especially while in the region? >> well, of course, as you know, there's turbulence throughout the region arising out of the situation in syria. just today the press reports that the prime resigned because of differences arising from the conflict in syria. it's a destabilizing influenc
that problem taken care of for you. >>> what's happening overseas right now. secretary of state john kerry arrived in baghdad just a short time ago. previously unannounced visit for him. he was in israel with president obama a couple days ago. remember this past week marked the tenth anniversary of the start of the u.s. war in iraq. we'll have much more on this in the show with a live report from bagged it. >>> for you new this morning, military officials have identified the quantico marine base gunman. 19-year-old sarah castramoto and jacob woolly both shot and killed last thursday on the marine base there in quantico. authorities believe 25-year-old lopez from the pacifica california shot both marines before killing himself. it is still under investigation. >>> new york mayor, michael bloomberg, is behind a new round of ads that are aimed at gun control. mayors against illegal guns. they've actually got $12 million worth of airtime for this ad. >> my dad taught me to hunt and i'll teach my kids. i've owned a gun all my life and i'll fight for my right to keep it. background checks have n
kerry has strong words for iraq's prime minister. kerry's visit to baghdad comes amid concerns over iraq's role in syrian conflict. if you haven't heard the news yet, the winning powerball ticket for $338 million was sold in new jersey. the winning numbers are 17, 29, 39, 22 and 53. the powerball number is 31. the largest powerball jackpot in history was back in november. it was worth close to $588 million. do not adjust your calendar. winter is over, but good luck trying to tell people that in the great plains. today. some parts of kansas city, missouri got nine inches of know today. they're working to get the power back on in thousands of home. heavy snow shut down many in colorado today. no snow in atlanta to report for the line of severe thunderstorms overnight that knocked down trees and made officials worried enough to issue flood warnings until late tomorrow. let's talk to a couple of our affiliate reporters who got bad weather duty today. kelly cook is down in wet soaking florida today, and chance walter is in indianapolis. kelly, to you first. you really got beat up today. did a
apartment in singapore. the fbi is now investigating the case. secretary of state john kerry and attorney general eric hold rer asking questions of the singapore government. singapore police say todd committed suicide. todd's parents say it was murder. now shane todd was found dead in his apartment in june just hours after his last day working for a prestigious government research firm. but did his work make him a target? >> reporter: shane todd, 31 years old, had a phd in electrical engineering and by all accounts a very bright future. he was working for the institute of micro electronics or ime, a prominent singapore research facility. his project involved creating faster, more powerful semiconductors. his parents say that in his last few months he was stressed, even expressing fear for his life. he had told them he didn't feel right about his work. that it might be illegal, even a risk to u.s. national security. with little faith in the singapore police and the fbi unable to help in a foreign country, the todds had little choice but to launch their own investigation. rick todd had pict
is coming home, he's leaving secretary of state john kerry behind. kerry is expected to host separate talks with israeli and palestinian leaders. >>> heavy snow is pounding parts of colorado. road conditions are treacherous on two key highways. parts of interstate 70 and interstate 25 closed down. up to 50 vehicles wrecked on i-25. travelers, stay off the roads if you can. that's the warning. snow is expected to ease up later tonight in colorado. >>> now, imagine trying to play soccer in that weather. the usa beat costa rica 1-0 yesterday in denver inform a key qualifying game for next year's world cup. dempsey scored the winning goal. it looked like a day for skiing and not soccer. but they won. >>> it was 50 years ago this week that the beatles truly came out to play. ♪ their debut album "please, please me" was released on march 22nd 1963. wow. and brought the world instant class i cans like "i saw her standing there," "twist and shout. a london auction house is putting om artifacts on the block. a series of unpublished photos of the fab four. ♪ >>> doesn't it make you want to grab a
. the sky dive company manager says that the chutes have automatic deployment devices. >>> john kerry had strong words for iraq's prime minister. do something to stop the flight of iranian weapons to syria. his visit to baghdad comes amid growing concern over iraq's role in the syrian conflict. iraqi officials deny allowing the transfer of weapons through iraqi air space to president al assad's regime. >>> if you haven't heard the news yet, the winning powerball ticket for $338 million was sold in new jersey. sadly not here in atlanta. the winning numbers are 17, 29, 31, 52, 53. p powerball number is 31. the largest powerball jackpot in history was back in november. it was worth close to $588 million. >>> it is officially spring. may favorite season. birds, flowers, and great outdoors finally shakes off its winter coat. let me show you some glorious pring d spring days around the country just today. isn't that beautiful? kansas city, missouri. didn't get the memo that spring officially arrived four days ago. three to nine inches of snow. knocked out power to 5,000 homes today. atlanta, po
is what happens when he comes back. what president obama said is he and secretary kerry would put their heads together and he suggested secretary kerry would pursue this. the real question is, is president obama willing to expend any political capital at home in the interests of middle east peace? i think we still don't know the answer to that. >> thank you so much. much appreciated. >>> also in world news north korea does not need the range to attack u.s. soil in order to attack americans. about 28,000 u.s. military personnel are stationed in neighboring south korea. 38,000 are in japan. and now kim jong un's forces are threatening to wipe those bases off the map. our own tom foreman is standing by in our virtual studio. tom, just how serious is this threat? >> well, i tell you, jake, a lot more serious than what he said a couple weeks ago the idea he'd lob a missile over to the united states some 5,000 miles away. all the analysts say they don't have the technology to make that happen right now. but this idea of hitting americans in the pacific area, much more plausible. look at
that your visit along with the visit of secretary of state kerry will help us turn a page in our relations with the palestinians. let us sit down at the negotiating table, let us put aside all preconditions. let us work together to achieve the historic compromise that will end our conflict once and for all. let me conclude, mr. president, on a personal note, i know how valuable the time raine the energies of the american president, of yourself. this is the tenth time that we have met since you became president and since i became prime minister. you've chosen israel as your first venue in your visit, your foreign visit, in your second term. i want to thank you for the investment you have made in our relationship, and in strengthening the friendship and alliance between our two countries. it is deeply, deeply appreciated. you have come here on the eve of passover. i have always considered it as our most cherished holiday. it celebrates the jewish people's passage from slavery to freedom. through the ages, it is also inspired people, struggling for freedom, including the foundings, the foundi
once congress gets back into town. thanks so much, brianna. >>> secretary of state john kerry hit the ground running and sure has not stopped since. he made a surprise visit to afghanistan today and met with president hamid karzai as a u.s.-run prison was handed over to the afghans. over the weekend, kerry was in iraq looking for help in stopping iranian arms shipment to syria. before that, he joined president obama on a trip to israel, the west bank and jordan. >>> up next, congresswoman michele bachmann is quick to criticize spending by political rivals but now her own campaign faces an aethics investigation. >>> also, after featuring an anti-american memorial in vietnam during "the amazing race," cbs is apologizing to american veterans. ew 15 under $! oh my goodness... oh my gosh, this looks amazing... [ male announcer ] 15 entrees under $15! it's our new maine stays! seafood, chicken, and more! ooh! the tilapia with roasted vegetables. i'm actually looking at the wood grilled chicken with portobello wine sauce. that pork chop was great. no more fast food friday's. we're going
that there is possibly going to be some movement because we're hearing that kerry is coming back here on saturday to sit with netanyahu to see how they can push forward this peace process between israel and the palestinians. the palestinians looking at this saying, look, we don't think anything is going to move forward. they really hope that something will happen. but there hasn't been any high expectations here. >> sarah sidener, thank you. >>> and now syria. the assad regime and rebel forces are accusing one another of using chemical weapons. syrian state media reported that rebel forces launched a chemical attack killing at least two dozen people, injuring more than 100 people. rebels deny that charge vehemently and accuse regime forces of shelling a town near damascus with chemical rockets. our senior international reporter is in amman, jordan, this morning. i know there are a lot of questions to substantiating the claims. what do we know so far? >> reporter: most of the information is coming from syrian state tv. and that's claiming that at least 25 people were killed in some kind of an attack in a
was e leched in 2008. it could pay dividends. the state department said john kerry will hold separate talks with palestinian and israeli leaders today. president obama attended a dinner in his honor hosted by president perez. there were many other high profile government officials in attendance. one face in the crowd was memorable. the first miss israel with ethiopian heritage since the pageant began in 1950. the orphan came to live with her grandparents at 12. president obama has long been one of her idols. she said a recent trip to her homeland showed her how far she'd come. [ speaking in a foreign language ] >> translator: i stood there as a girl who finished the israeli army as an officer and thought how much a person can go through in nine, ten years. i learned a new language and culture. i enlisted and trained people and returned as a totally different person. >> aynaw will represent miss israel at the first world pageant in jakarta this september. >>> before becoming pope former cardinal bergoglio addressed the role of celibacy for priests. could it come to an end? that's next.
to jordan and the west bank. secretary john kerry did not arrive on air force one. he stayed around to talk to the israeli leader e. >>> the motion to vacate is granted. >>> david ranta spent 23 years in prison for a murd her didn't commit. he was wrongfully convicted of killing a rabbi, and the lawyer says that his client plans to kill the city of new york. >>> and joe weeden died today. he is a legend in body building and controlled the world's biggest sports empire. he also introduced the world to mr. arnold schwarzenegger and also brought flex and he died at his home. he was 93 years old. here is what else we are working on. >>> did you know that your neighbor or friend could be a sociopath with all of the high profile murder trials, we checked to find a surprising statistic. hope you are sitting down. >>> we announce you married. >> is going gay? at least on the path to marriage. so goes the court goes the entire country. >>> and the late night shuffle, jay leno, seth meyer, tina fey, who is out and who is in? let's talk. >>> and plus, what could possibly make he do this on national tv
.s. secretary of state john kerry made an announced visit to baghdad today to meet with iraq's leadership including mali maliki. the iranian overflight carrying armed fighters to syria are "problematic." after more than four years of self-exile, pakistan's former president musharraf returned home sunday where he faces criminal charges by the state and an assassination threat by the taliban. musharraf resigned in 2008 and went into exile in london and dubai. he declared his intention to run for office. >>> it may say spring on the calend calendar, but someone must have forgotten to tell mother nature. parts of eight states under winter warm warnings. whiteout conditions in colorado prompted authorities to close more than 150 miles of interstate 70 yesterday. those are your top stories. now, back to fareed zakaria "gps." >>> around the world, countries are pouring money into space. russia, china and india are all advancing their space programs, but here in the united states, the opposite is happening. there are no plans to launch astronauts from american soil in american crafts for a decade
of friction between two sides. the move comes as secretary of state john kerry arrived in kabul for talks with hamid karzai. >>> ford is apologizing for this. an ad. one by ford's unit in it india features caricature of still scr silvio berlusconi and in the back a trio of women tied up and gagaed a gaged. ford i said i can't says the adds were never used commercially, but did appear without authorization on an advertising website along with ford, the indian firm that created the ads and its british parent company have condemned those ads. not surprisingly. >>> want to take you to phoenix now. the jodi arias murder trial picking right back up where it left off. it's bound to be another very difficult week for the man on the left because he is the woman on the right's psychologist's. it will be a battle of the experts and a prosecutor stands ready to pounce. what's this? uhh, it's my geico insurance id card, sir. it's digital, uh, pretty cool right? maybe. you know why i pulled you over today? because i'm a pig driving a convertible? tail light's out.. fix it. digital insurance id cards. j
and secretary of state kerry look to revive the peace process, they will not be making a stop in gaza. but this is another piece of the peace process puzzle that so far no one has solved. there is little chance for lasting peace if gaza's future generations can't imagine a world without war. >> sara joins us live from jerusalem. there's obviously a lot of frustration over the lack of progress what we could loosely call the peace process. as you well know, the west bank and gaza are really two different palestinian entities in terms of society. i'm curious how it's playing out the visit of the president in gaza versus the west bank. >> look, the people in gaza feel very much ignored. and they didn't think that they were going to get anything out of this trip as it is. and they didn't. they felt like, again, the president was really surely backing israel. and you know that there are several groups that really feel there should not be an israeli state, that this land was stolen from them and that's their stance. and that is one of the reasons why you see they believe they are still in a
bill into law as soon as possible. >>> meantime, secretary of state john kerry has dropped into afghanistan, unannounced. he's there to smooth over relations with president hamid karzai, who recently accused the united states of colluding with the taliban. >> there are ongoing talks between taliban, americans, and foreigners in europe and in the gulf states. >> both the u.s. and afghanistan are looking to stabilize the war-torn country, ahead of 2014, when karzai leaves office. and the remaining u.s. troops head home. cnn's nick paton walsh traveling with secretary kerry. he's in kabul, afghanistan, and joins me by phone. nick, kerry has a history with the afghan leader here. tell me what was achieved with today's talks? >> yeah, i mean, today was all about using the long history and self-confessed friendship to try to smooth over the rift but the acrimony in the atmosphere after the comments you mentioned were made, still very much hanging in the air. talk of future cooperation, but you can't really get away from the fact there has been a bad month in the past, and really
. >> and that raises the next question, sara, what happens next? we know the secretary of state, john kerry, will be intimately involved in trying to revive this israeli/palestinian peace process. he's traveling with the president right now, following the president's visit to jordan tomorrow. the secretary of state will be coming back. will this result, will this result in an actual round of negotiations, direct negotiations, between the israelis and the palestinians? deplo gloria borger is watching what's going on. and one of the powerful statements he made is when he said, as long as there is a united states of america, he then said in hebrew, you are not alone. that was a powerful statement that israelis wanted to hear. >> right. and he said it a couple of times during the speech, wolf. and it created quite a stir in the audience. i mean, i think if there's any doubt among the american jewish community about the president's commitment to israel, after watching this speech, i think some feelings may be changed. what was interesting to me is the way he spoke to these young people in the au
. now you've got secretary kerry who's deeply involved in that effort as well. and we are providing not just words but resources, training, capacity in order for that political opposition to maintain links within syria and to be able to provide direct services to people inside of syria including the kinds of relief efforts that obviously we're seeing here in jordan, but there are a whole bunch of people who are internally displaced inside of syria who need help. i think what your question may be suggesting is why haven't we simply gone in militarily. and i think it's fair to say that the united states often finds itself in a situation where if it goes in militarily, then it's criticized for going in militarily. and if it doesn't go in militarily, then people say why aren't you doing something militarily. and, you know, my response at this stage is to make sure that what we do contributes to bringing an end to the bloodshed as quickly as possible. and working in a multilateral context and international context because we think our experience shows that when we lead but we are also wo
john kerry didn't return on air force one. he stayed behind to hold separate talks with israeli and palestinian leaders. >>> the defendant's motion to vacate the judgment is granted. >> david ranta was freed from prison after spending more than two decades behind bars for a murder he didn't commit. tonight he is recovering from a heart attack. david ranta was wrongly convicted of killing a new york rabbi in 1990. his lawyer said he plans to sue the city of new york. >>> and joe weider died today. in the 1960s, he introduced the world to a young athlete from austria named arnold schwarzenegger and he founded the mr. olympia competition. he died at his los angeles home. he was 93 years old. >>> here's what else we're working on -- did you know your neighbor or friend could be a sociopath? with all the high-profile murders lately, we checked and found a surprising statistic. hope you're sitting down. >>> is america going gay? the supreme court is about to weigh in. so goes the court, so goes the entire country. >>> the late-night shuffle, jay leno, jimmy fallon, seth myers, tina fe
the homecoming is "risky." >>> secretary of state john kerry making an unannounced stop while on his first trip overseas. he landed in baghdad just a couple hours ago. while he's in the country we know he'll be meeting with government officials including prime minister malaki. you have to wonder how much they're going to be able to get done there. we'll obviously keep you posted on that. >>> our troops come home from war. many of them facing a new battle as veterans waiting for benefits. so what's being done? want to find out now with state of the union host candy crowley. she has an exclusive interview with veterans affairs secretary eric shinseki today. what do you think, candy, in talking to him is his biggest challenge? >> paper. as crazy as that sounds, the fact is that these claims -- remember by the end of this month the v.a. thinks it will have about a million pending new disability benefit applications. okay, a million pending cases sitting at the v.a. most of this is done by paper. there are some amazing video this week of one claim center where the building is in danger of collapsing
embargo in order to start arming the rebels to fight the regime, and today, secretary of state john kerry said the u.s. will not change in their way. the change of heart is likely linked to concerns that jihadists supporting the regime could get too powerful. >>> the israeli army had stare-down dictators, but now is going up against an unlikely, all-powerful force, a supermodel. the times of israel reports the israeli defense forces want her removed from a series of pro-israel ads. that's because she's been accused of getting married in order to avoid military service so she can pursue her modelling career. the israeli foreign ministry is behind the ads, which is supposed to help boost the country's image around the world. as for her response to the controversy, she said, quote, you can use the clip for the foreign morn industry or drop it, but my instagram feed has more readers than israel's most popular newspaper. dissing their readership bar? not kosher. >>> in the pop culture lead, forget oz, it's the great and powerful james franco ruling the box office. franco's $215 million blockbu
to get speaking from israel and i'd add that we know that secretary kerry is coming here to israel after the president leaves to try to see if he can jump-start peace talks. so it's possible that the administration is trying to talk down expectations so they can actually get something out of this in terms of peace talks in the end, jake. >> this trip as you know comes in the shadow of claims that syria is using chemical weapons against the rebels, claims that president obama just minutes ago noted were unconfirmed but he did also say that if they're true it would be a game changer. you had a chance to talk to israel's justice minister about this. what did she say? >> well, she said the u.s. involvement would make a difference in syria and she said chemical weapons in syria threaten israel and she's confident that they have been used in syria but she wouldn't say by whom. have you seen any evidence of proof that there has been chemical weapons used in syria? >> it is clear to us in israel that it's being used, and the problem is that while it's being used we have syria, we have hezbollah
emerging from the united states. what's going on? >> reporter: well, john kerry came out today and said quite clearly that he would not stand in the way of allies of the united states who wanted to arm the syrian rebels. that's not saying the u.s. would do that themselves. they've been very reluctant and the joint chiefs of staff says his understanding of who the rebels were, in fact, got more confused the past year as the rebels gone more extremists. what john kerry's words do is permit the uk and france to begin the process of arming. they've been talking about ev e evading or working around eu sanctions. they are yet to begin the process of handing them over. it's a long, difficult, practical road ahead, but part of the calculation is by saying they'll do it, they might draw president bashar assad towards a negotiation table, put extra pressure on him, wolf? >> joining us from beirut with that story, significant developments. thanks, nick, very much. >>> there are huge problems to tackle in the middle east right now, but the white house is downplaying expectations for the president'
we have seen a move towards in the last few months is suggestion of arming the rebels. john kerry saying just yesterday he wouldn't say in the way if the uk and france want to do that. bear in mind barack obama has had a ground swell of opinion around him pushing him towards arming rebels. he batted that down late last year. he's very reluctant to get involved. but many people around him now are saying because the escalating situation, they have to do something. >> nick paton walsh in beirut. thank you. the situation here in syria is sure to come up tomorrow. president obama makes his first trep to israel since moving into the white house. the president will be just over 300 miles from where these chemical weapons might have been used in syria when he arrives in tel aviv. you can see the proximity here. no main announcements are planned during this visit. mideast leaders obama will immediate with include netanyahu, mahmoud abbas and king abdullah of jordan. >>> so you thought the election season was over. huh-uh. it is primary day in south carolina, folks. i'm talking low country.
that at least for some time. secretary of state kerry will stay behind. everybody believes if you tried to force the parties back to the table tomorrow, it would be counterproductive. you have to do some preliminary work first. so let's check back in two weeks, maybe two months. if there's no peace process in a month or two, carol, you could say the president failed, at least in the short-term. but don't expect something by tomorrow or in the very near future. >> i don't think anyone does, john. you don't have to worry about that. thank you so much, john king, reporting live from june. >>> politics/entertainment. yes, politics can be very, very funny. we all got a fresh dose of sarah palin last week when she took center stage at the conservative political action conference. now we're getting another dose of tina fey. >> same-sex marriage, what is your view on that, please? >> well, the bible says it's gross. and i don't judge it. a lot of the amazing, wonderful people i met in the audience at "dancing with the stars" seem to go that way. but, no. >> no? no same-sex marriage? >> mm-mm. marriage i
of state john kerry will remain at least a little bit trying to maybe get this israeli/palestinian peace process off the ground. >> jump-start it. >> he has some political issues he has to deal with, major issues here. how much of a subject of importance will this be for the president? >> look, i think this has been very good for the president because there were lots of people in the american jewish community, particularly during this last election, who saw benjamin netanyahu cozying up to mitt romney, who were very skeptical about the president and israel. i think this trip as john king was saying earlier makes it very clear particularly when the president on the question of iran said all options are on the table, period, the president made it very clear as he said in his speech today, you are not alone. so i think domestically, politically, this trip is only good for the president. it makes him be seen as a leader. next to benjamin netanyahu these two men need each other in many ways right now and i think that is why you see this relationship blossoming. >> richard haas do you think an
'm glad to see secretary john kerry, john, i know you are and i know you will be successful. i'm not sure that the prophets have had idols, but if they have, they would have said actually he has said, and in that occasion, and i'm quoting him. how beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation. well, you have to be satisfied with my diet language. i cannot speak like him. it is my privilege to present you with our country's highest honor, the medal of distinction. this award speaks to you, to your tireless work to make israel strong, to make peace possible. your presidency has given the closest ties between israel and the united states a new height, a sense of intimacy, a vision for the future. the people of israel are particularly moved by your unforgettable contribution to their security. you're defending our skies. to your relegation and to remain intelligence, which is the right way to preempt bloodshed. the diplomatic and military bonds between us have reached an unprecedented level. when i visi
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